It is well accepted that joint motion is important for recovery. Chiropractic works with applying motion to the joint segment to decrease inflammation and reduce muscle spasms. We understand that no two patients, even with similar problems, will respond the same way to the same technique. With three doctors of chiropractic, we are able to offer multiple forms of chiropractic technique.
The following are just a few of the chiropractic techniques available at our office.
Diversified technique (DT) is the most commonly used chiropractic adjustment technique. Diversified is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. Its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
This technique was developed in 1955 by Dr. Thompson a professor at Palmer College. It utilizes a drop section built into the table to create a high velocity, low amplitude thrust.
This technique was developed in the 1960’s by Dr. James Cox. This table is unique in that it has a traction piece in the lumbar portion of the table. It is a gentle and effective procedure to create spinal traction to the lumbar spine and has been found effective for the treatment of disc injuries as well as joint injuries. Flexion-distraction is particularly well-suited for patients who need a gentler treatment protocol.
The Activator Method is a method created by Arlan Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine. A small instrument applies a mechanical force to the localized joint and is regarded as a gentler treatment protocol.
Developed by Herman Kabat, a neurophysiologist in the 1950’s, Proprioceptive Neuromusclular Facilitation stretching is a technique used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation. An active PNF stretch involves a shortening contraction of the opposing muscle to place the target muscle on stretch, this is followed by an isometric contraction of the target muscle. It can be used to assist with daily stretching and to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance.
Developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this technique utilizes x-ray, postural analysis, motion palpation and a high velocity/low amplitude force to correct spinal mechanical dysfunction. This technique has been taught in chiropractic colleges since 1954.
Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)
This technique, developed by Major Bertrand DeJarnette in 1981, is a cummulation of 60 years of research of chiropractic, its physiological implication, and the application of engineering. This technique is designed to normalize the top of the spine (base of skull) to the foundation of the spine (sacrum). It utilizes a blocking of the sacrum with wedges to perform the spinal adjustment and relieve spinal irritation. It is a gentle and effective protocol.
Stretch Receptor Based Care
Built into joints and muscles are small “nerve endings” called stretch receptors. When a slow, gradual stretch is applied to joints and muscles, these receptors are activated. This allows relaxation of the stiff joints and muscles in spasm. This technique combines the well known benefits of spinal manipulation with the comfort to deal with acute back or neck pain. In addition, because the technique uses gradual motions, it is safe for people who may have associated conditions such as osteoporosis or vascular problems in the head and neck.
ConnecTx is a technique similar to Graston. It is a instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) used on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It was developed by Dr. Jonathan Dehors at the NY Chiropractic College. The tool has an established protocol and utilizes best-practice guidelines to document for research regarding the benefit of this technique. Dr Ascioti was trained in this protocol at the NY Chiropractic College.